West Grand eyesore slated for improvements

A rundown two-story building along West Grand Avenue will get much-needed renovations in the coming months after the Zoning Board of Adjustment gave its approval Monday night.

The Zoning Board granted developers the same variances that had been in place for previous owners. The West Grand Avenue neighborhood, they argued, is full of mixed-uses and variances and a single-family home would neither fit in nor be marketable.

The property is flanked by the Grand Arms Apartments on the left, and a one-way street (Newton Place) on the right. No one could remember exactly how long the site has been vacant but the general feeling was at least 10 years. Some remembered that it once housed a Chinese restaurant and at another time, a go-go bar.

The first floor would house two retail tenants while the second floor would include two two-bedroom rental apartments; both floors would have about 1,700 square feet. Parking behind the building (right) would fit seven spaces, including a handicapped space. Renovations are expected to be completed in about two months.